Halloween at Target 2014 (Part 1)

After several days of empty Halloween shelves, Target finally started stocking Halloween merchandise.  I wanted to take pictures of everything. But the employees were falling over me as I got down onthe floor to get close-ups of the Cat Skeleton.  So I decided to split these pictures into 2 parts.  I’ll post more after the shelves are fully stocked (and I’m not tripping Target employees).  So here we go….

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Halloween at Dollar Tree

Took a quick jaunt to our local Target store to see if any of the Halloween merchandise was up (it wasn’t).  So I meandered next door to browse through Dollar Tree.  Last time I was there, they only had a few items, but they are fully stocked now.  Here’s a grave full of pictures for you:

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Halloween at Michael’s

The local Michaels arts-and-crafts stores have been slowly stocking their shelves with Halloween.  Also, they have some deep discounts on their spring and summer merchandise.  Some of these can be used for Halloween too!

First, the Halloween goodies!

The Lemaxx Spooky Town displays have a bit of a canival-like atmosphere this year.  I took some pictures below.

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There are lots of elegant decorations with variations on the skull theme this year…

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…and other stuff (please forgive the occasional blurry picture)…

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The changing portraits were sufficiently creepy

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Check out this video for the full effect

I also saw a good selection of bisque ceramics.  You’d need access to a kiln to glaze and finish these.  There are craft locations that will do that for you (Like Art and Soul in the Plano TX area)

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The stores are also deeply discounting spring items.  One thing that caught my eye was the decorative boxes.

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I especially like the boxes in the background that look like books.  These are just crying out to be altered into some creepy Necronomicon or other spooky book (with a secret hiding place inside for your spell-making ingredients!).  Check out Dave Lowe’s blog for ideas on how to make these into a faux leather creepy book.  Even the regular boxes could be turned into a vampire killing kit, like this one in a video from Shadow of Palms.

ScreaminScott says “dig it up!”

Halloween in the Garden

Garden Ridge (now rebranding as ‘At Home’) has their Halloween stuff out!  My son David and I took a look.  David decided to make a video of some of the items we looked at.  Take a look yourself!

The selection is very good this year.  If you have a store near you, I recommend you check it out!

 

Full Size Skeletons are $49.99 this year

Full Size Skeletons are $49.99 this year

The Garden Ridge skeletons have metal hardware for 2014.  Hopefully this makes them sturdier.

The Garden Ridge skeletons have metal hardware for 2014. Hopefully this makes them sturdier.

more cute signs

more cute signs

Mickey and Minnie

Mickey and Minnie

Zombie signs!

Zombie signs!

Skull wreath with color changing eyes

Skull wreath with color changing eyes

What's better than chains?  Chains with huge hooks!

What’s better than chains? Chains with huge hooks!

This guy has popped his head off his shoulders

This guy has popped his head off his shoulders

The lantern in his bony hand emits an erie glow.

The lantern in his bony hand emits an erie glow.

Ghostly pumpkin with color-changing LED's inside the head

Ghostly pumpkin with color-changing LED’s inside the head

This witch shakes and cackles

This witch shakes and cackles

Perfect for a dungeon sceen

Perfect for a dungeon sceen

Standard Halloween candles

Standard Halloween candles

This skull is about twice the size of a normal skull

This skull is about twice the size of a normal skull

The exposed brain on this head is lit with color-changing LED's.  Perfect for a mad scientist laboratory!

The exposed brain on this head is lit with color-changing LED’s. Perfect for a mad scientist laboratory!

Skull with red LED eyes

Skull with red LED eyes

A good selection of Tombstones.  The 3rd and 4th from the top left are actually plaster.  The rest are Styrofoam.

A good selection of Tombstones. The 3rd and 4th from the top left are actually plaster. The rest are Styrofoam.

This guy screams and shakes

This guy screams and shakes

A hanging zombie figure with light-up eyes

A hanging zombie figure with light-up eyes

Hanging skeleton figures with light-up eyes.  Only the top part is a skeleton.  The bottom part is just cloth

Hanging skeleton figures with light-up eyes. Only the top part is a skeleton. The bottom part is just cloth